[ shoo-blak ]


Origin of shoeblack

First recorded in 1745–55; shoe + black

Words Nearby shoeblack Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shoeblack in a sentence

  • He carefully made détours to escape these, and the shoeblack boys with whom he had been held in high favour.

    A Sheaf of Corn | Mary E. Mann
  • Now fight to death for the boy that living you would not have hired as a shoeblack.

  • "I'm a moral shoeblack," repeated Grif, with an inclination to punch Dirty Bob's head.

    Grif | B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • A shoeblack in the foreground is teaching a poodle to dance; the comical animal's head is decorated with an old peruke.

  • Such an event as a shoeblack in South Audley Street was not to be passed by.

    Ravenshoe | Henry Kingsley

British Dictionary definitions for shoeblack


/ (ˈʃuːˌblæk) /

  1. (esp formerly) a person who shines boots and shoes

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